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If Pundits Were Farmers . . .
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If Pundits Were Farmers . . .

ABSTRACT FROM THE NATIONAL REVIEW

06/18/2002
Big Mistake
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Big Mistake

ABSTRACT: In “Big Mistake,” Murdock writes about the unintended consequences of Bush’s steel tariffs. While the tariffs have been a boon to inefficient U.S. steel companies, they have harmed dozens of other industries, such as shipping and manufacturing – not to mention consumers. “George W. Bush's cold-rolled capitulation is his presidency's biggest error,” Murdock writes. “It is openly political, nakedly statist and far left of Bill Clinton who ignored the steel industry's protectionist demands. Bush should acknowledge and reverse his mistake.”

06/18/2002
Active Ingredient: Politics
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Active Ingredient: Politics

No election year legislative session would be complete without the obligatory overture to senior voters through a proposed Medicare prescription drug benefit. Both Senate Democrats and House Republicans have fashioned plans to offer drug “insurance” for Medicare beneficiaries under the current Medicare system. The Republican bill would keep prescription drugs out of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS, formerly HCFA) portfolio, but do little to address the inefficiency and exploding costs underlying the current Medicare system.

06/18/2002
Regulatory Rollback?
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Regulatory Rollback?

Recent reports that the Bush administration has eased the standards for New Source Review and that the Office of Management and Budget is looking to work with the EPA as it drafts new rules for soot have many in the environmental community crying “regulatory rollback.” Proponents of command-and-control regulation imply that any reform measures are letting polluters off the hook and turning the clock backwards. In reality, it is becoming increasingly evident that many federal regulations provide little or no benefit to the public. Outdated or unnecessary regulations do, however, raise consumer prices, threaten American jobs, and reduce the competitiveness of American firms in a global economy.

06/18/2002
Getting the Short End of the Stick
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Getting the Short End of the Stick

This Week in Congress Early in the week the Senate will consider S.2600, the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.” This legislation is a response to September 11th and would provide a government subsidy for terrorism insurance. The theory is that many commercial buildings can’t get insurance for terrorism costs and therefore need government funding. Unfortunately, this legislation puts the federal government on the hook for billions upon billions of dollars. Furthermore, the Senate bill does not even contain a provision limiting the amount of civil lawsuits, as contained in the House passed bill thereby allowing carte blanche to the greedy trial lawyers. CSE opposes this legislation.

06/17/2002
Climbers
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Climbers

BY Jennifer Yachnin

AFresh Spin. Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) spruces up the committee's press office by hiring a new communications director and press secretary. Christin Tinsworth advances to the communications director post after serving as deputy director of communications. Before joining the committee staff in 2001, Tinsworth was communications director to Rep. Anne Northup (R-Ky.). The Bradenton, Fla., native also spent a year as press secretary for Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group that lobbies for lower tax rates. Tinsworth began her career in the office of her hometown lawmaker, Rep. Dan Miller (R-Fla.). She joined the office in 1997 as a legislative assistant before moving up to press secretary. A 1993 alumna of Vanderbilt University, Tinsworth has a bachelor's in political science and human and organizational development. New to the office is Molly Millerwise, who takes on duties as press secretary. The Pinconning, Mich., native moves over from the House Republican Conference, where she served as deputy press secretary and press assistant to Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (R-Okla.). Millerwise has also worked for Quinn Gillespie & Associates, where she served as a staff assistant. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Millerwise has a bachelor's in business management. Land of Opportunity. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has tapped two former interns, Amber Elbert and Jason Smedley, to be constituent relations assistants. In addition to interning for the Arkansas Senator, Elbert, 22, has also interned in Rep. Marion Berry's (D-Ark.) office. The Horseshoe Bend, Ark., native is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas. She has a bachelor's in psychology. Smedley, 24, hails from Little Rock, Ark. He has also interned in Rep. Vic Snyder's (D-Ark.) office. Smedley plans to graduate from Howard University in 2003 with a degree in English. Check It Out. James Gallagher has been tapped to be director of information technology services at the Library of Congress. Gallagher is a veteran of the Justice Department, most recently serving as acting deputy assistant attorney general and deputy chief information officer. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and has a bachelor's from Connecticut's Fairfield University. Gallagher is also a graduate of National Defense University's Information Resources Management College.

06/17/2002
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Climbers

BY Jennifer Yachnin

A Peaceful Endeavor. Rep. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) bids farewell to his chief of staff, Marie Wheat, who moves to the Peace Corps to be director of Congressional relations. Wheat was appointed to the post by President Bush. The Mauldin, S.C., native made her Capitol Hill debut in 1993 as budget analyst for then-Rep. John Kasich (R-Ohio).

06/17/2002
Economists Agree: Time for Case to End is Now
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Economists Agree: Time for Case to End is Now

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) formally released an open letter, signed by 57 U.S. economists, addressed to the nine state attorneys general prosecuting the Microsoft Corporation under federal antitrust laws. The letter urges these attorneys general to accept the proposed settlement reached by Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department. Erick Gustafson, CSE Vice President of Federal and State Campaigns, had the following statement:

06/14/2002
House Votes To Permanently Repeal Marriage Tax
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House Votes To Permanently Repeal Marriage Tax

CBS (6/13, story 7, Rather) reports, "In Congress, the House voted for permanent repeal of the so-called marriage tax. Prospects for final passage in the Senate are iffy at best. Opponents of repeal say Social Security trust funds would be drained to make up for the lost marriage tax money."

06/14/2002
Battle on Estate Tax: How Two Well-Organized Lobbies Sprang Into Action
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Battle on Estate Tax: How Two Well-Organized Lobbies Sprang Into Action

BY Carl Hulse

As the Senate moved toward a risky vote on repealing the estate tax; William H. Gates Jr. sat a continent away on Wednesday, trying to work his will on the proceedings. One of a group of wealthy Americans who have campaigned to keep the inheritance tax, Mr. Gates, father of the Microsoft mogul, called pivotal senators. From Seattle, he laid out his case for withstanding the Republican-led election year effort to eliminate the tax or put Democrats on record as opposing repeal.

06/14/2002

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